Chris Evans is the people’s choice to replace Jeremy Clarkson

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After being on the receiving end of a punch from the big man himself Piers Morgan would like nothing better than to rub salt into Jeremy Clarkson’s wounds by replacing the controversial presenter as the face of Top Gear.

However, perhaps unsurprisingly, the motormouth journalist turned failed talk show host is somewhat lacking in public support.

Following Clarkson’s latest indiscretion – an alleged punch-up with a junior producer at the BBC over some missing sandwiches – we asked you who would you most like to see fronting the BBC’s flagship motoring programme.

And, with almost half of the total vote (48 per cent) former TFI Friday host and self-confessed car nut Chris Evans was by far the most popular choice.

Second in the betting was Noel Edmonds, who may be famed purely for Deal or No Deal among our younger readers but back in the day fronted a BBC cash cow of his own with Noel’s House Party.

The bearded one took 28 per cent of the vote but with Edmonds refusing to pay his TV Licence on moral grounds it seems a return to the Beeb was unlikely anyway.

Tied for third was former Mirror editor Morgan and Cheltenham hero Ruby Walsh. Perhaps nags lovers assumed that his ability to guide a horse over the jumps and across the line in first meant he’d be a natural to take on The Stig but alas it wasn’t to be.

And bringing up the rear with not a single vote was former Top Gear host Quentin Wilson. The serious motoring journalist has subsequently been involved with Channel 5’s blatant Top Gear rip-off Fifth Gear (the clue is in the name) and it seems fans are unforgiving once presenters cross over to the dark side.

So, should Clarkson get the boot – which is unlikely seeing as he is credited with creating the show’s format in its current guise – then Evans could be the man to step up; if he can find time between his once-a-week stints on The One Show’s sofa that is!

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.